Sunday, September 3, 2023

Tuscarora State Park Beach Closed to Swimming for Water Quality Concerns and Upcoming Dam Maintenance

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has been shut down the Tuscarora State Park beach in Schuylkill County to swimming as of Wednesday, August 30, 2023, due to ongoing water quality concerns. 

The closure will remain in effect until water sampling results meet acceptable standards. To alert park-goers, DCNR has prominently displayed warning signs at the beach.

While swimming remains off-limits, other activities at Tuscarora State Park, including camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing, will continue to be available for visitors to enjoy without interruption.

Additionally, starting on September 5th, 2023, the lake at Tuscarora State Park will undergo an approximate 8-foot drawdown to facilitate essential maintenance work on the outlet conduit of the dam. 

This maintenance project is a collaborative effort involving the USDA-NRCS, PA-DEP, and DCNR. Its primary objective is to ensure that the dam meets contemporary safety and operational standards, securing its longevity for generations to come.

During this period of maintenance, the boat ramp may become inaccessible for trailers, potentially impacting boat owners. However, park visitors are encouraged to launch kayaks, canoes, and hand-carried watercraft from any accessible shoreline area, unless otherwise posted. Moreover, it is important to note that the beach will remain closed for the season from September 5th onwards. Nevertheless, park-goers can continue to enjoy picnicking, hiking, and fishing activities as usual.

Once the maintenance work concludes, the lake will gradually return to its natural pool levels.